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Ms. Smith Perez

Briane Smith Perez

Director of Restaurants, Beverly Hilton

Briane "Bre" Smith is a highly accomplished hospitality professional with over ten years of luxury hotel and food & beverage experience. Her career started in Marina Del Rey, California with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, and has since been involved with over seven restaurant openings and six task-force assignments including The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Los Angeles, Abu Dhabi, and Puerto Rico. Ms. Smith's hands-on leadership style and ability to work hand-in-hand with her team has made her one of the most sought after leaders in food & beverage. Her responsibilities include the hiring, training, and management of a union staff of hundreds. She has developed new revenue sources and fine-tuned existing programs to maximize guest and employee satisfaction, while increasing the bottom line. As an expert in strategic delegation, she encourages her management team to “own” projects, helps them along the way, and always recognizes successful outcomes. Ms. Smith believes that her guests should always have an exemplary experience in her outlets, and has built long lasting relationships with VIPs across all brands. Recently, Ms. Smith joined The Beverly Hilton as Director of Restaurants where she manages a team of over 85 ladies and gentlemen, and oversees the successful operations of Circa 55, Trader Vic's Lounge, Aqua Pool, the Lobby Lounge, and In-Room Dining. Recently, Ms. Smith joined The Beverly Hilton as Director of Restaurants where she manages a team of over 85 ladies and gentlemen, and oversees the successful operations of Circa 55, Trader Vic's Lounge, Aqua Pool, the Lobby Lounge, and In-Room Dining. Ms. Smith is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, and recently attained her Masters of Science in Executive Leadership from the University of San Diego. In her free time, Ms. Smith enjoys painting abstracts with acrylics and cheering on her home teams the Los Angeles Lakers, Kings, and Dodgers. They say one must balance their work and personal life, but for Ms. Smith it is definitely balancing her work and sports life. She currently resides in Hollywood, California.

Ms. Smith Perez can be contacted at 310-285-1365 or bre.smith@hilton.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.